Cinemax departs Transporter

US cable channel Cinemax will not broadcast the small screen adaptation of the Transporter movies.

Transporter: The Series

Transporter: The Series

Executives from Cinemax parent HBO said it will now step aside from Transporter: The Series, which first aired on Germany’s RTL in October last year.

Other broadcasters to back the show include M6 in France and Canada’s Movie Central and The Movie Network.

It starred Chris Vance in the role made famous by British actor Jason Statham, and is produced by France’s Atlantique Productions and Canada’s QVF.

Despite Cinemax pulling out as the US broadcaster, Transporter: The Series has aired on HBO Canada.

The news emerged from HBO’s session at the Television Critics Association summer tour, where it was revealed the fourth and final season of Treme will begin on December 1.

Crime drama Criminal Justice, an adaptation of the BBC series that was to star the late Sopranos actor James Gandolfini, will now be recast, with creator Steve Zaillian and Richard Price currently working on scripts.

Executives also said a third season of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom was likely, while The X Files writer Frank Spotnitz is still developing a spin-off series from Hunted, the HBO/BBC coproduction that will see the former work on a new series revolving around lead character Sam Hunter (played by Melissa George) after the BBC decided not to pursue the project after season one.

Hunted

Hunted

Source: HBO / Futon Critic